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Night Blooming (Saint-Germain #15)

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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  229 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Night Blooming is a novel by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.


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ebook, 432 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Tor Books (first published 2002)
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Jamie
Here the immortal vampire Saint Germain serves at the court of Charlemagne in the 9th century Frankish Kingdom. He does all the same stuff that he does in every other book: sets up a household, behaves with kindness and generosity to everyone, lives under a cloud of suspicion for everything he does (except being a vampire, which nobody notices) and gets booted out of town at the end. Saint-Germain’s stories have the same ending as the old Incredible Hulk episodes: sad music plays while he leaves ...more
Mickey Schulz
I still like the books, and Ms. Yarbro's writing, but like most series, they do start to get a touch repetitive. The brilliant historical details and my fondness for St. Germaine keep me going, though.
Bry Jensen
Night Blooming was definitely worthy of a 4.5 star rating.

The most emphatic praise I have always credited to Yarbro is her historicity and attention to a historically accurate atmosphere, and in this yet again she did not disappoint. Her regard to the structure of the church in the era of Charlemagne was pleasing, yet was written naturally and casually, as to not detract from the plot. Her portrayal of the Great Karl was interesting and provided a new perspective on the man -- though he was not
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Merredith
Feb 20, 2009 Merredith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history lovers, vampire lovers
Night blooming by chelsea quinn yarbro is a vampire book that does not read like a vampire book. I started with a book right in the middle of the series I guess, but this is fine as a stand alone book as well so I had no trouble reading it. The main character is a vampire who has been alive for thousands of years. Of course, he's good, and only drinks blood from women in their sleep without killing or hurting them, or from animals. In this volume, he's summoned to the court of Charlemagne, in th ...more
Chris
In some ways this was an enjoyable book for the fan. It is nice to see an actual physical interaction between the Count and Olivia. The weak part of the book seemed to be the character of Gynethe. She does seem to really live, at least in terms of a fictional character. There are two possible reasons for this. The first, is that Olivia is so charming that other female characters pale in comparsion. The second reason, the more plot relevant reason, is that Yarbro is trying to protray Gynethe to t ...more
Paulette Folmer
I was not as thrilled with this book as I thought I would be. I had been given the impression that it was comparable to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, but it is vastly different. The entire story moves at a snail's pace, and there are huge gaps left to the imagination. Many things are hinted at, yet nothing is told outright. I found it had a disappointing end as well, although it is set up for the next book to continue the story.
Lani
Jul 24, 2009 Lani rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lani by: Josh Paulik
This was my first Chelsea Quinn Yarbro book... Didn't think it was anything exceptional, but since it's the middle of a series, it did leave me wanting to read more. Mostly I was intrigued by the female vampires mentioned, and wanted to know more about them. I want some sort of Cliffs Notes backstory.

Not being a huge fan of the Charlamagne period of time, I may have missed some of the appeal, but in general I found the main character a little annoying.

The book did have some neat twists on the t
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Patty Collins
Another in the continuing saga of St. Germain, this time he it is the year 796 and he is at the Court of Karl-o-Magne (Charlomagne). He is tasked with taking an albino women with bleeding palms to Pope Leo so the pope can decide is she is a saint or the AntiChrist. Very dangerous times for people who are foreigners and people who are different. They are very much distrusted even though they are used by the King for his ends. St. Germain barely escapes not because he is a vampire but because he i ...more
Angel
A tragic story of faith, love, intrigue and conflict during the era of Charlemagne (800 AD). I started reading this series, who main character is a vampire, in the 80's. What has drawn me back to them, is that they are meticulously researched for each historical era and geographical place. It's not so much about being a vampire, as being in a long time line and the march of history and place, seen through one particular pair of eyes. If you like historical novels, you'll probably love any of the ...more
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Mike
Surprisingly good considering I had not read anything by this author in a long, long while.
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A professional writer for more than forty years, Yarbro has sold over eighty books, more than seventy works of short fiction, and more than three dozen essays, introductions, and reviews. She also composes serious music. Her first professional writing - in 1961-1962 - was as a playwright for a now long-defunct children's theater company. By the mid-60s she had switched to writing stories and hasn' ...more
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